Today was my first official book signing! Yes the exclamation mark is necessary. I know that exclamations are not cool in the literary world, but honestly there is nothing like sitting down and talking to the people who support your work.
Sure this event was only for family and close friends of my illustrator and myself but the hope is that it is the first of many. We have a potential library event in the works along with a new project that is coming to life as I type.
For those of you who don’t know it, I have this thing called rapid thought, along with a crazy inability to sit still. So I’ve been pushing everything out lately. I even spent a great deal of time Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday contacting shops in every state and most English speaking countries working to open up the market for my children’s book, “My Family Is Different.” My publisher is small and has a large workload which means that I have to do more work if I want our story to be successful.
The thought of starting my own publishing company has crossed my mind since I have learned so much, and I know that I could do it. But in all honesty I am a writer who needs someone above me to say, “No.” Someone who can point out when my work is weak and praise it when I’ve created something worth while.
We joked about this today at the book signing. It was a comfortable celebration held at the home of my illustrator’s mother. The creative energies that have linked us are unlike anything I imagined. Working with another talented artist has definitely helped me to improve in my field.
It’s funny, I originally started this children’s book as a distraction from the novel I was working on at the time. Since then I have finished the novel and some other writings. There is no telling what the future holds. On the way home tonight I saw the first shooting star I have witnessed in years, and though I don’t want to sound too sappy, I felt it around me.